Doctors Say Summer Safety Should be Priority Number One

May 27, 2005--Posted at 3:00 pm CDT

Jonesboro, AR--With Memorial Day weekend upcoming and kids out on summer break it is important to remember keeping safe according to doctors from St Bernards Medical Center.  James Fletcher who works in the Emergency Room says statistics show one in four kids will head to the emergency room this summer due to injuries.  Many of those injuries could be prevented according to Fletcher.

"Pedestrian skills, not wearing bike helmets, motor vehicle safety, and swimming safely are the most important things a parent can ensure to keep their child safe," according to Dr. Fletcher.

Fletcher says nearly a quarter of all kids will at some time this summer visit the emergency room.  He says parents keeping a close eye on their child and making sure they understand the rules of the road both out of and behind the wheel of a car.

Another important factor in safety is alcohol.  More than seventy percent of boating accidents could possibly be prevented if alcohol was not involved.  That percentage holds up even when dealing with minors as well according to Fletcher.